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“Unpretentious, good value and quality, worth the trek” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Yew Tree Inn

Yew Tree Inn
Cliffords Mesne, Newent, England
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Ranked #6 of 15 Restaurants in Newent
Cuisines: European
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Description: Wine pub of the year 2011
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Unpretentious, good value and quality, worth the trek”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

My wife and I have been coming here for 2 years regularly from Birmingham just for Sunday lunch and a walk up May Hill and have rarely been disappointed - we rarely book and have always have got in - unusual for a good pub but the location isn't exactly easy to reach.
The £14 2 course or £17 3 course Sunday lunch isn't dear and there is usually a fair bit of choice.
One consistent issue and the flip side of the low prices is that the portions can be very small with just 2 slices of meat dished up if you choose a roast some of which is usually gristle/fat. Also the accompanying veg bowl for the 2 of us was the size of a saucer and lightly loaded - about right for just one diner - I can't imagine a single diner getting any less than this, it'd have to be in a ramikin!
This is OK if you are walking as with 3 courses you will be full but not bogged down too much but those with big appetites beware - quality is consistently good however.
The 3 course includes unlimited tea or coffee but I have only once been offered a refill which is a shame as this defeats the object and this small inexpensive touch is what makes people return - yes I could ask but I could also ask for my main course to be served.

If the portions were made larger with a proportionate increase in prices this place would be hard to fault.
As mentioned by an earlier reviewer it can be chilly in the winter, enough to put my wife off going which is a shame.
If the pub offered B&B, we'd be seriously tempted as there isn't much choice round there and it's so quiet.
And if you are walking up to May Hill, beware of the small dog from the scruffy farm just up the road which is left to bully those who are innocently walking on the public road - the only reason you will get indigestion after a visit here!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Red Deer, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“You need a GPS to find the best food in this part of Gloucestershire”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We have visited the Yew Tree many times over the years: enjoying a consistently high quality experience. The ambience is evocative of rural England whether on the patio, the upstairs room or the the main floor. Great variety of wine at competitive prices and draught beer with rotating specials that expand the drinking experience. Service is friendly and unpretentious. Food is locally sourced and changes with the season; some of it is grown in their own garden. Over a decade of 2 or 3 visits a year we have never had a bad meal.
To maximise your experience go for a walk on May Hill before you drop in.

Visited May 2013
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Worth the trip out!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Lovely countryside setting - good beers - the wines were good & French! & the food was very good - an extensive menu at reasonable prices.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Malvern, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

Great food great service varied menu and specials board. Reasonably priced food and drink friendly staff

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Herefordshire
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Top class food, exceptional value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Well worth searching out this pub on the edge of May Hill. Great choice of food with lots of "specials" using local produce. This chef really knows how to cook, with original unpretentious dishes at realistic prices. Even better it is supported by a wine retail shop where you can drink wine with your meal at just £6 above the retail price. Great atmosphere.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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